It caught me first as a glint, the globe glistening with the bold, radiant energy throbbing from his bright-lit, bald bulb. His finger was pointed, thrust in my direction. I didn't know how to communicate with the faux-Uncle Sam, the daddy of accident protection, the maestro of injury claims. All I knew how to do was stare. It was the glint in his eye, the deadpan searing lust radiating from this beacon, a saint; asking me if I, I!, was injured. Asking me about myself. I didn't have the words, but what good would it have done anyway?
I caress his two-dimensional image, looking like a monster, a fiend at the bus stop. Near weeping, calling out for a caress of his warm, golden globe glistening under studio light; wanting to chase the line of his finger, up through his suit jacket arm and upwards towards that burly pepper beard, which inflames with static urgency.
I wasn't hurt in an auto accident. That's not why I'm taking the bus. It's all for you, Edgar. It's always been for you. There's never a me unless I get a moment with you.